Friday, May 4th AT 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Local Greenhouse Gases: A Bold New Approach to Tracking Sustainability

Oregon Convention Center: Room 204
Track: Zero Energy

Today’s environment demands a bold leap in measuring a building’s total environmental impact. This session will present the bold idea that our next leap in sustainable design is to incorporate not just energy usage but also greenhouse gas emissions into the discussion of sustainable buildings. By including those emissions, we are able to form a more accurate methodology of measuring the net impact of a building, offering a more truthful way of assessing our built environments. 

The session will include case studies and examples for the audience to discuss, offering thought-provoking questions to attract participation and interest. Through surprising facts and lessons learned, the presentation will challenge the way industry experts are accustomed to looking at emissions versus energy performance. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to calculate their building’s potential energy emissions at a localized level, as well as how those emissions can be reduced through design.


Karina Hershberg
Electrical Engineer
David Mead
Building Performance Specialist